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5 Tips for Shopping at Farmers Markets

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Shopping at farmers markets is one way to get delicious and fresh produce you can enjoy at home.

"Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables helps families live healthier lives and reduces the likelihood of chronic disease," said Elaine Auld, CEO of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).  "Lack of nutritious foods puts people at high risk for diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and obesity."

Not everyone may be familiar with shopping at farmers markets. Auld offered the following tips to help people make the most of bringing the best of the farm to their family.

Pet Preparedness Disaster Plan

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Colorado has its share of natural disasters.  In trying to become better prepared, you may discuss and create plans for yourselves and family, but there is one family member who is often overlooked - your pet!  One of the biggest reasons people return to danger/evacuation zones is to save their pets.  Do you have a disaster plan in place for your pet(s)?  Pets depend on us for their safety, well-being and food/water.  Being prepared can make all the difference for you and your pet in a life threatening situation.  Check out the pet preparedness tips below:

Ag Department Updates Farmers’ Market Directory

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As grass is greening and days are getting warmer, farmers' markets are popping up across the state.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture's 33rd annual Colorado Farm Fresh Directory helps consumers find farmers' markets, roadside stands, u-picks, wineries and agritourism activities. 

"If you are looking for local foods, Farm Fresh is the perfect guide," said Wendy White, marketing specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. "We hope the publication helps connect consumers with local producers."

Swimming Safety for Summer

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Playing at a water park, by a lake or in a pool are all popular summer activities especially on a hot Colorado day.  Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, but it is important to know how to be safe while you are in the water. The American Red Cross and Safe Kids Worldwide offers these important swimming safety tips you should take into consideration before you head out to the lake or pool:

3 Tips to Keep Your Cell Bill in Check While Traveling

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(StatePoint) Travel can be rife with inconvenience, from delayed flights to lost luggage and more. And the high cost of staying connected via mobile devices is an additional headache for a growing number of travelers, especially those with international adventures ahead.

This summer travel season, T-Mobile and research firm GfK released a new study that shows Americans' reliance on their smartphones, and how potentially pricey travel could be for those who don't understand the costs of international roaming.